My idea of social justice is everyone treating everyone else as equals. No matter what you skin color, your religion, your gender, your sexual preference, or even your occupation. The article we read on the race riots in France really struck home to me because of the police brutality. I am from Rusk County, WI and recently a newspaper article was published about how a mother and son got into a fight with the cops. It went on to explain how this young man fled from authorities on an ATV and was later found at the bar and the cops went to arrest him and he resisted and his mother got involved and a fight broke out. Now for the rest of the story. There are now being reports filed against these officers for brutality. Apparently the cops came into the bar and asked the man to have a talk with them outside. When the mother told the officers that he hadn't done anything wrong they pushed her and when the son turned to help her the police sprayed him. Then they got out their batons and began to beat him. They also hit a bar patron and the mother with their batons. Soon the young man was unconscious but that wasn't good enough. They continued to beat on his body laying on the ground. This cover up of the true story isn't the first and I'm sure won't be the last. The things we've talked about in class like gender, race, etc are all forms of injustice. So is this. Many people believe that because of their occupation that they're "better" than the rest of us. Police officers are a great example of this. An officer can go to a tech school for 2-4 years and be certified. They use this as a way to harass, torture, and humiliate people. Now I'm certainly not saying all police officers do this but it certainly does happen. Now think about this. A doctor goes to school for 8+ years and uses their education to help others and save lives. Generally speaking, I know there are some shady doctors out there too. The fact is that people use their occupations as power and authority over other people. Police brutality is something thats been around for a long time in many places around the world and is something that isn't going away anytime soon. Social justice is putting an end to police cover-ups making each other and the force look good. It's about being honest and standing up for what is right. No one person should be able to affect another's life just because they don't approve of something about them.